Cold Mountain
Highland Brewing

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,164
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 12.87%
Reviews:
325
Ratings:
823
From:
Highland Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  98
Gots
  177
SCORE
90
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Reviews by oteixeira:
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oteixeira from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Nov 29, 2012
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rasafrasit from North Carolina

2.26/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

People around Asheville go manic for this stuff but to me it tastes like a Target potpourri candle: saccharine in sweetness, overloaded with pungent "spices" and little or no true body. This beer is all hype and no substance.

Look: nice amber color and decent head
Smell: like your grannie's guest bathroom
Taste: overloaded with "flavors" but basically a gimmick beer
Feel: slightly syrupy but inoffensive
Overall: I'd rather drink a soda

Aug 14, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Far from opaque, this beer had more of an amber hue and had a large head when agitated. The aroma followed the palate being largely uninteresting with minimal notes of spice of any kind and only the faintest bit of maltiness to its flavor. While it improved marginally as it warmed, I found this beer to be largely disappointing and certainly not worth its price tag.

Nov 26, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, berries, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal hop and spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/fruitiness, and herbal/yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from hop/spice bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.9%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malt, spices, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Follows the English style for the most part. Great malt complexity and underlying fruity yeast notes; nice spice balance without being overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 07, 2017
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NCMonte from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

My favorite Asheville Brew, um... at the moment. Malt forward, nice spice, great drinkability... My go to until my stash is depleted... Sigh.

Nov 15, 2014
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AthensBrewer from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Spice cake with cream cheese frosting.

Dec 12, 2014
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mikeys01 from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me courtesy of GCBrewingCo as part of the infamous OneBox BIF, and I’m pleased to report this beer previously unbeknownst to me is damn downright delicious. Not knowing what to expect, this winter ale appeared in my pint a dirty sunset of reddish brown, quite good clarity with just a hint of chill haze. A modest light tan head caps this beer at pour, soon fading to a thin layer of foam and lacing.

Aroma is very toffee sweet and malty, giving a mere hint of its true nature. At the first taste, the Cold Mountain is lightly nutty (almond and hazelnut to me) and pleasantly sweet with a dash of spice and a pleasant vanilla character. Just a trace of hop presence lingers in the foreground as well, with a bit of apple nudging its way in there. Body is on the full side of medium and this brew is exceedingly drinkable. Finish is clean and malty sweet. I think I could drink many pints of this one. This is a beer that is just plain good without being extreme in any way.

Feb 08, 2006
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. No date or info listed on the bottle.

Thanks to my man Onenote81 for the cool sticker and coasters to accompany this brew! I love swag!

A - Beautiful, deep burnt amber in color with great clarity and a short, short-lived, off-white head. Good lace adorns the glass after it's depletion.

S - Sugary hazelnut and vanilla syrup like what's used in flavored coffee drinks. At first there was a blatant Willamet hop earthiness and rustic quality. Toasted Munich malts are in the background and fairly thin. Smells a little fake.

T - Bland toasted amber and caramelly Munich malts with subtle hop notes. Again, the vanilla and hazelnut flavors are far too sugary and syrupy in nature.

M - It's a bit thin and watery in body with a lightly dry finish. Weak bodied for a winter warmer.

D - Not awful or really offensive in any way, although the syrupy addition is a bit cloying. It's just too thin and spice-less for a winter warmer. I'm not exactly sure where the A- positive buzz is coming from with this brew. Thanks for a beer I've never had Jon, I do always appreciate the chance to try 'em!

Mar 08, 2011
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

Jul 14, 2014
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Bsanderson323 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 16, 2016
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woemad from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Dragginballs76. Bottled on October 19, 2017. Label (which is slightly different than the one displayed on BA) states this is "malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices nuts and fruit."

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a dark, russett color that took on a more rubyish hue when held up to light. Modest, beige colored head that left little in the way of lace but never entirely disappeared, forming a thin foam collar.

Malty, nutty, slightly sweet aroma. I get a little bit of toffee. No apparent hop aroma.

Mildly sweet and toasty maltiness in the flavor. I get a very slight fruitiness in the taste as well. The spices and hops seem to have fled over the course of the nearly 8 months this has been waiting to be opened, which is not surprising.

Medium bodied, with slightly low carbonation and a little bit of a flabby mouthfeel.

Just okay, but understandably so due to age. I've had similar beers much worse that spent a similar amount of time in a bottle. Shows enough promise that, were I to come across a fresh one, I'd have it again.

Jun 16, 2018
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 08, 2017
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pintofparadise from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Nov 22, 2014
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Ltdsaint from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 20, 2017
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Started getting the beer this year in Georgia in 22 oz. bombers (without the flip top), so went head and picked some up at Bullock’s on Sandy Plains in Marietta to sample what the North Carolinians have been raving about for so long.

The body came out deep reddish brown with a smallish foamy head that started off at one finger thick, and stayed at that level for a while. The smell was just absent, with even deep inhalation revealing almost nothing, except some timid floral to citric hops. The taste on the other hand was much more expressive, comprising of sweet caramel malt with just a hint of chocolate, winter spices (ginger, cinnamon, and clove), and citric hops all complimenting each other quite nicely. Much lighter in body than most Winter Warmers, with the lively carbonation sparkling across the tongue like a soda, this felt more like a spice enhanced Bitter. Quite easy to drink, and relatively low in ABV, this is very suitable for the milder Southern climate, with its pseudo winter.

May be next year, they can pump up the recipe to the next level, now that the cap has been popped,

Jan 15, 2006
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EasyReader from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +23.8%

Dec 31, 2011
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Skelton from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Nov 19, 2012
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ljhager from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy feel with vanilla aroma. Always drink this brew when available.

Jul 17, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a nice tan head that dissapears and leaves spotty lace. The aroma is big on malt caramel sugary coated fruits plums, raisins and figs with a touch of spice. Taste is big on flavor, molasses like, nice and sweet big on malt with fruit entering in the middle and finishing with light spice and candy also some vanilla flavors lingering. Mouthfeel while not full feels big lots of sugary malt flowing over the taste buds imparting sweetness. Drinkability is good glad it comes in liter bottles gives you plenty to enjoy, hopefully next year it will be stronger with the 6% cap gone. A nice little winter warmer can see why they sell so fast, glad I was able to find me a couple.

Dec 10, 2004
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atlandy from Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 02, 2015
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PaulUH from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Jan 24, 2013
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newcastlemike from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 23, 2018
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bendukes86 from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 28, 2019
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Nesued from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev 0%

Nov 23, 2014
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rpjonesga from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this beer on tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta. I was very surprised with the vanilla / creamy flavor of this one. Unfortunately, the beer was served too cold which probably took away from some of its charm.

I really didn't detect much in the way of hops but the rich, malty character was just what I wanted from a winter ale.

Highly recommended!

Nov 21, 2009
Cold Mountain from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 823 ratings